Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg Pursuing Baseball Career As Pitcher

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg tells Rob Kuestner of NBC Philadelphia that he’s now pursuing a baseball career as a pitcher and is throwing over 90 miles per hour. 

Christian Hackenberg

Hackenberg is working with Ryan Kulik as he prepares to make the transition to baseball. 

“I’ve had my trials and tribulations with the NFL,” Hackenberg said, per John Clark. “I’m sitting here at 25. I feel like I have a lot left in the tank.”

Hackenberg, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Jets back in 2016. The Jets traded him to the Raiders back in 2018 for a conditional seventh-round pick.

However, Oakland waived Hackenberg during the summer and he later signed on with the Eagles for the preseason. From there, Hackenberg was signed to the Bengals’ practice squad at the start of the regular season before being released soon after.

Hackenberg was drafted by the Memphis Express of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.

During his college career at Penn State, Hackenberg threw for 8,457 yards while completing 56.1 percent of his passes to go along with 48 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.

Hackenberg did not appear in an NFL game. 

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